In brief: today we had the chance to go to Capitol Hill and talk to some congressional staffers who work for the Foreign Relations committee. A class member asked what efforts Congress makes to encourage the american public to be more engaged in foreign policy issues. The response was, "Well, we discourage it, really. We prefer to focus on the domestic stuff."
No wonder Congress considers State to be 'elitist' -- apparently, average Americans aren't supposed to think beyond their borders. It was a frustrating visit.